Friday, August 26, 2016

Bakumatsu Blue

While researching ceramics of the Edo Bakumatsu period (roughly 1853-1867) I noticed a blue color combination (medium gray/blue with a darker, but not cobalt blue, often with whitish outlines/highlights) that I will call "Bakumatsu Blue". I do not suggest that all ceramics used this blue combo during the period, but it was widespread. I do not seem to see it used during any other period in the same way.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Yamatoku with additional decorator marks

I am researching Yamatoku marked plates that include additional markings. Did Yamatoku make  blanks that were then decorated by others?

Hizen Arita  decorated
The Yamatoku ヤマトク mark is off to the left side combined with the red Hizen/Arita mark

Tetsuka decorated

The Yamatoku ヤマトク mark is at the top with the red 
Tetsuka テツカ mark (up side down) on the bottom. 

Tetsuka or Tezuka is often found with the Yamatoku impressed mark

Here is an example of a Taisho era blue mark with Yamatoku impressed mark

A Matsu mark with a roof meaning house of Matsu. The decorator?

 This mark is sometimes found on Yamatoku pieces.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Lefton China-imported from Japan

Lefton China was a US importer of Japanese china wares, figurines and novelties. Although the company was founded in 1941, it was after WWII that they imported wares. Some will have "Made in Occupied Japan" but most will just have some variation of Lefton China, Handpainted, Japan. The company was sold in 2000.